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Posted by snakeguy88 on March 06, 2003 at 20:47:26:
In Reply to: looking for a tameable snake.... posted by plopflop on March 05, 2003 at 23:25:59:
First of all, no snake can ever truly be called tame. Even the most docile of snakes can be prone to bite everyonce in a while, either because of mistaken idenity or startling the snake. I have had snakes that I would trust around small kids suddenly without warning bite.
Next, if you want a snake you can handle a lot get something like a boa or corn snake. GTP's are a more decorative snake, to admire but not touch. They are a better display than "pet" although my policy is one of minimal handling even for snakes that can take the disturbances. Handling causes stress. The only time I do handle my GTP is maybe once every month or two when he accidently defecates on his perch and it needs to be sanitized. Then I gently coax him onto my arm and then onto another stick. They do not seem to like being grabbed or directed, so that makes them a poor candidate for a snake that could be held often. Andy